A few weeks after my grad school friends and I all started our new job, we all began to lament over what cranked up air conditioning, rubbish vending machine snacks and everlasting tiredness and stress were doing to our skin.
Sometimes, even 2 litres of deskside water (and the many toilet breaks that come from said water consumption), a clean green lunch and a night-time gym session can’t seem to perk up our complexions in the way we need. And so now that summer in London is over and the sun’s not around much to help us out anymore, here are five of my favourite beauty bits that will have you looking like your perkiest self.
Topshop Glow Stick
I picked this one up randomly one lunchtime in preparation for my trip to Paris and it’s now become a daily staple. Why? Because it’s so easy to use – swipe a “C” shape from the top of your eyebrow to the top of your cheek, blend with your fingertips et voilà – immediate glowiness. Nobody will ever know that you’ve spent most of your day (or week, or life) boxed up in a heavily air-conditioned office.
A great pearlescent alternative to the Topshop Glow Stick is Benefit’s Watts Up! Highlighter. This is great if you’re not so much into your gold-toned highlighters and want something a little cooler. This still works great on complexions with warm undertones, and it has been given the thumbs-up by our the makeup artists to our favourite reality tv family.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or
After reading masses of recommendations on Nuxe body oil and stumbling upon it at a random pharmacy in Paris during my last visit, I immediately snapped up a bottle.
This oil will have you feeling like one of those Instagram beach babes who post photos wearing crochet bikins on beautiful beaches whilst eating half a watermelon / a bowl of acai / drinking from a coconut / all of the above.
An alternative (and equally awesome-sauce) to this oil would be NARS’ Body Glow, which I’ve had for years. Similar macadamia smell, consistency and sheen, but I find that the gold particles are smaller and subtler in the NARS product and the bronzey base colour is a bit deeper. I prefer the Nuxe oil for nights out and NARS oil for days when I want my skin to look radiant from within.
Key takeaway: Nuxe Oil is great if you want shimmering skin on a night out, whilst NARS literally does what is says on the tin: gives your complexion a subtle but noticeable boost.
Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light
I will hold my hand up right now and say that I mainly bought this for the beautiful gold compact it came in. But the pressed powder is pretty darn great too. This Hourglass Cosmetics beauty warms up the skin and adds a subtle sheen to the cheek area if you’re my skin tone (like a dedicated highlighter, but subtler), but would look more pronounced and bronzer-esque if you’re a little lighter.
And did I mention the packaging?
Key takeaway: Good subtle shimmer/bronzer for every day use.
Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill “Champagne Pop” Highlighter
There’s a reason why this one remains a favourite amongst our favourite beauty bloggers and influencers. This highly pigmented highlighter from Becca Cosmetics should be used sparingly – unless you’re going for the literal bronze statue look (which is fair enough if you have the tendency to go all out when it comes to your makeup.)
I love to apply a little bit of this to the bridge and tip of my nose, and the highest point of my cheekbones to finish off my look. Highly recommended.
Key takeaway: If you want your cheekbones to be spotted from a mile away, Champagne Pop is your best bet.
This one’s a bit different as I haven’t tried it yet (y u no ship to the UK, Glossier?) but just from seeing the campaign images slash real-life testing on Snapchat (glossier.IRL – check it out) I have decided that I need it in my life. I’m guessing a great dupe would be the Glow Stick by Topshop (see above).
Who’s going to New York soon and wants to buy me some please? I will love you forever…
What are some of your favourite products to glow?